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Mark Begich's Issue Positions (Political Courage Test)

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Mark Begich has refused to provide voters with positions on key issues covered by the 2014 Political Courage Test, despite repeated requests.

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Issue Positions

In response to the increasing unwillingness of candidates to answer issue questions, Project Vote Smart has researched Presidential and Congressional candidates' public records to determine candidates' likely responses on certain key issues. These issue positions, from the year 2014, are provided below as a courtesy to voters.

Pro-choice Inferred Answer Abortion: Do you generally support pro-choice or pro-life legislation? View Citations

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No Inferred Answer Budget: In order to balance the budget, do you support an income tax increase on any tax bracket? View Citations

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  • "Keep Current Tax Cuts That Are Already Working For Alaska Families:*Extend existing middle-class tax cuts. Mark Begich supports extending the tax cuts that work for Alaska families, such as marriage penalty relief and the increased child tax credit." (
No Inferred Answer Economy: Do you support federal spending as a means of promoting economic growth? View Citations

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  • "Senator Begich has proposed and supported numerous measures to cut spending during his time in office, including:A five-year spending freeze on discretionary federal spending;Cutting farm subsidies;Cutting by half the congressional printing/binding budget;" (
No Inferred Answer Education: Do you support requiring states to implement education reforms in order to be eligible for competitive federal grants? View Citations

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  • "Much of the current law, known as No Child Left Behind, is a poor fit for Alaska. In too many cases it has tied teachers' and administrators' hands and punished schools when they needed help the most. While Senator Begich will always support accountability and high expectations for each student, we need reform that restores local control and fosters innovation to prepare students for success in all Alaska schools." (
Yes Inferred Answer Energy: Do you support building the Keystone XL pipeline? View Citations

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  • "The Keystone XL pipeline will provide a secure supply of energy, create 42,000 jobs and is expected to generate over $20 billion of economic activity," said Begich. "Natural resources can be developed safely and responsibly--Alaskans know that because we've been doing it for decades. Americans support this project and are tired of waiting for the Administration to move this project forward. The Senate is tired of waiting, too. Today we are taking the lead to push this project forward." (
Yes Inferred Answer Environment: Do you support the federal regulation of greenhouse gas emissions? View Citations

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  • "Mark Begich will support national legislation to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 80 percent by 2050 through a cap and trade system." (
No Inferred Answer Guns: Do you support restrictions on the purchase and possession of guns? View Citations

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  • "Senator Begich continues to support, protect, and defend Second Amendment rights..." (
No Inferred Answer Health Care: Do you support repealing the 2010 Affordable Care Act? View Citations

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  • "Senator Begich voted for historic health care legislation that achieves the goals he has long supported. The new health care law ensures Alaskans and all Americans will have access to more affordable and reliable health care. Millions of people and small business owners can benefit from tax credits, more competition in the insurance marketplace, and significant steps to reduce the deficit.The new health law includes major reforms of the insurance industry. No longer will insurance companies be allowed to deny coverage because of a pre-existing condition, impose caps on lifetime coverage, or drop insurance coverage because of an illness." (
No Inferred Answer Immigration: Do you support requiring illegal immigrants to return to their country of origin before they are eligible for citizenship? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • "Senator Begich supports commonsense immigration reform, and he continues his efforts to pass legislation to secure our borders, streamline our immigration system, reunite families and create a clear and responsible path to citizenship." (
Yes Inferred Answer Marriage: Do you support same-sex marriage? View Citations

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  • "We have applauded the President for his decision not to defend the constitutionality of the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) in federal court..." (
Yes Inferred Answer National Security: Do you support targeting suspected terrorists outside of official theaters of conflict? View Citations

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  • "To keep America safe, we must act through air strikes and by forming an international coalition, including Arab nations, to defeat ISIS. But we cannot rush into another decade-long ground war that causes death and injury to our military and leaves us with huge debts. With more veterans per capita than any other state and many whom have already served multiple deployments, I do not believe we should be asking our troops to put their lives at risk yet again when we don't have all the necessary answers."In addition to combatting ISIS in the Middle East, we need to step up our efforts to secure our homeland and ensure ISIS does not infiltrate our border. No one who has taken up arms against our country -- even if they are American citizens -- should be allowed freely into the United States." (
No Inferred Answer Social Security: Do you support allowing individuals to divert a portion of their Social Security taxes into personal retirement accounts? View Citations

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  • "I strongly oppose efforts to privatize Social Security." (


Candidate Answer

Official Position: Candidate had the Political Courage to address this issue directly.

Inferred Answer

Inferred Position: Candidate refused to address this issue directly, but Project Vote Smart inferred this issue position based on the candidate's public statements, voting record, and evaluations from special interest groups.

Unknown Answer

Unknown Position: Candidate refused to address this issue.

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Other or Expanded Principles & Legislative Priorities are entered exactly as the candidate has submitted it. Project Vote Smart does not edit for misspelled words, punctuation or grammar.

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